Posted by Andrew Gonzalez On September - 12 - 2013 1 Comment

I never got around to actually finding out what Killer Frost was all about. She seemed interesting, but I didn’t really bother. This issue made me regret that, a lot.

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Writer: Sterling Gates
Penciler: Derlis Santacruz
Price: $3.99

Killer Frost is so interesting because as her former self, Caitlyn Snow, she was a fun-loving, smart, beautiful scientist who found joy in everything. Apparently, even working for S.T.A.R Labs was fun to her. Caitlyn was sent as an intern to manage a group of scientists at a S.T.A.R Labs outpost in the Arctic. Being the top student in Thermodynamics, her knowledge of science actually surprised me. She’s not just some crook with ice powers. In the beginning of the book, she describes what it’s like to freeze to death. It’s actually very disturbing in a way, because it all just sounds foreign. Once your body temperature reaches a certain low, you act on bad instincts, so your not conscience to the things that are happening to you as you die. It’s interesting, but crazy stuff. The person who managed this team was a woman named Dr. Lincoln. She froze to death outside of of the lab, trying to perfect a project that she wasn’t really supposed to be working on: A Self-Sustaining Thermodynamic Ultraconductor Engine. “STU” for short. It was going to change the way energy was thought of. A project like that of course took some big risks, and Caitlyn, would (Obviously) suffer the same fate as Dr. Lincoln, but in a very different way. I try not to reveal too much about a book, but this was no accident, she was turned into this. And her villainous quests aren’t just done out of evil, but survival. This bringing us to her relationship with Firestorm. Only the science behind Firestorm can free her from her frozen prison, and this issue really sort of tells what her place in Forever Evil. Most villains took this new overtaking as freedom to run rampant through the streets, but with Firestorm claimed dead, Killer Frost has no real meaning, no real reason to continue on. Her story and villainy are ultimately sad, but no one can see past her icy exterior, and see that all she truly wants is to be warm. Killer Frost has easily shot up in my list of loved villains. Sterling Gates really gave this character so much substance, which I believe what Villains Month is about. Concentrating on these characters that actually make the heroes we love, who they are.

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Derlis Santacruz really stayed frosty with the art. I love how a lot of focus was put on making Caitlyn herself a well detailed and beautiful character, because after becoming Killer Frost, she never really stopped being Caitlyn. Of course she was a little colder but, ya’know. The use of monochrome blues is always the way to go of course, dealing with a ice-based character. But Santacruz pulls is off so well, really complimenting the writing and bringing the story to life. This character has a lot of sadness around her, so character expression was important, which Santacruz had no problem with. Derlis Santacruz really contributed so much to this issue, and really made reading this issue a, chilling experience.

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Rating: ★★★★☆ Great

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  • Louis Lesnak

    I was never one for Killer Frost but this issue defiantly changed my mind about her. Her struggle to become “normal” again adds a lot of depth to her character. When she comes to the realization about firestorm was such a great page in the comic. One of the best I’ve seen in villain’s month.